William and Mary Tribe Baseball Releases 2011 Schedule
Williamsburg, Va. - William and Mary head baseball coach Frank Leoni announced the Tribe’s 2011 schedule on Thursday, which features 56 games this upcoming season. Of the 56 games, 29 are scheduled for Plumeri Park in Williamsburg, where the Tribe posted an impressive record of 24-7 in 2010. In total, the College will play nine games against four teams that made it to at least the NCAA Regionals last season.
"Once again, we have amassed a difficult schedule in 2011,” head coach Leoni remarked. “We remain committed to playing some of the most highly regarded non-conference teams, while maintaining or re-establishing traditional series." Leoni continued, “Playing teams like Oklahoma, Virginia, Duke, West Virginia, and North Carolina State among others will certainly prepare us for the difficult challenges of the CAA schedule." Leoni went on to say, "We are equally excited to re-new home and home series with Commonwealth foes Richmond, Liberty and Norfolk State."
The Tribe’s non-conference schedule in 2011 has a nice balance in playing national opponents, as well as in-state rivals. The Green and gold will play 13 games against teams from Virginia and 13 against teams from outside the Commonwealth. Of the College’s 26 non-conference games, the Tribe will play 14 at Plumeri Park, where W&M posted a record of 14-4 against non-conference opponents in 2010.
The Tribe will begin the 2011 season at Oklahoma, who made it to the College World Series last season. The College will play four games against the Sooners on February 18-20, before heading back to Virginia to take on VMI on February 22. The Tribe will open up the home portion of its schedule on February 25-27 when the Green and Gold will play four games against Fairfield.
William and Mary will start the month of March by playing at perennial ACC-power Virginia on the 1st, before playing a pair of mid-week games at Liberty and at home against Duke on March 8-9. The following week the Tribe will host Richmond on the 15th before hitting the road to face George Washington on the 16th.
On March 23, the Tribe will take on Norfolk State in Norfolk before facing the Spartans again one week later on the 30th at Plumeri Park. During the second week of April, the Tribe will play three non-conference opponents. On April 6, the Green and Gold will play at Richmond before playing a home and home, two-game series with Longwood on April 9-10.
On April 12-13, the Tribe will play a pair of home games at Plumeri Park against West Virginia and VMI. The following week, the College will host Liberty on April 19 in Williamsburg before hosting George Washington on April 27. On Sunday, May 8, the Tribe will host its final two non-conference games of the season when it plays a doubleheader with Longwood. The College will bring its non-conference portion of the season to a close on May 17 when W&M plays at N.C. State.
The CAA has changed the conference schedule for the 2011 season. Unlike last season when the conference schools only played eight of the CAA teams, this season each team will play every team in the conference, making for 10 CAA weekends in 2011.
“Every weekend is extremely competitive in the CAA,” Leoni said. “With 10 conference series this season, every weekend becomes a mini-war.”
The Tribe will host five conference weekends this season, including three series against in-state rivals. The Tribe will start off the CAA slate with a series against James Madison on March 4-6 at Plumeri Park. Last year, the Dukes claimed the regular-season title with a conference record of 18-6. The College will then hit the road on March 11-13 to play at Old Dominion, who the College swept in its three-game series a year ago.
On March 18-20 the College will host the George Mason Patriots in Williamsburg before hitting the road to face Delaware for three games on March 25-27. The Green and Gold will then begin April with a home series with Hofstra on the 1st, before traveling to play at UNC Wilmington on April 15-17.
The College will be looking for some revenge when the defending CAA champion VCU Rams come to town on April 22-24. Last year, the College defeated VCU, 15-2, in the first game of their series only to lose the next two in heart breaking fashion, dropping a pair of one-run decisions. The College will then head north to Brookline, Massachusetts to play the Northeastern Huskies on April 29-May 1.
On May 12-14, the Green and Gold will host its final CAA series of the year, playing three games against Georgia State in Williamsburg. The Tribe will then end the regular season on May 20-22 when the College travels to Baltimore to face Towson.
The CAA Championships will be played once again at Brooks Field in Wilmington, North Carolina for an 11th time, and eighth year in a row on May 26-28, and will feature the top four teams in a double-elimination format.
If invited, the Tribe will play in the NCAA Regional round at a campus site June 3-5, with the possibility of advancing to the Super Regional round June 10-12. The College World Series will be held June 18-29 Omaha, Nebraska.
64 total teams start the tournament in 16 Regionals, with the winner of each four-team double-elimination bracket advancing to one of eight Super Regional match-ups. The Super Regionals are a best of three format, with the winning team advancing to the College World Series, where two double-elimination brackets of four teams will produce two teams for a best-three championship series.
William and Mary Tribe Baseball Releases 2011 Schedule.